Except for participation in World War II when naval infantry units were formed to assist in the protection of the strategic flanks of the Red Army, naval infantry had not been part of the Soviet military force structure until 24 July 1964. On that date a 3,000 man naval infantry force was created. During the past 13 years, this force has grown to a five-regiment, 14,500 man force supported by modern amphibious shipping and associated hardware. Activation and maturation of this force coincided with the rapid expansion and increased capabilities of the Soviet Navy. During the past 15 years, the Soviet Navy has developed a global reach and is now capable of supporting military, economic, and political objectives far from the shores of the Soviet Union. What is the connection between the new blue-water Soviet Navy and her naval infantry force. What missions have been assigned to Soviet naval infantry in view of the new dimensions of the Soviet Navy.